tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2013 Can: golden with a hint of orange; very hazy with a nice sized white head that leaves behind no lacing at all. Aroma is full of wheat (strange), orange zest, mild lemon peel, a touch of mild peppercorns, and a finish of herbaceous & spicy tea leaves. Flavor has background notes of banana & clove with some warming, phenol-like alcohol. Peppery spices, lemon tea, herbs, & even some very faint pineapple in the finish. Slightly bready aftertaste with some sweet esters & the smallest hint of bitterness. Slightly floral & yeasty. Decent saison, but nothing to lose your head over. thome50 (1295) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - SEP 29, 2013
16oz can consumed on the way out of the Beirut/Vampire Weekend show at the Hollywood Bowl tonight. Aroma out of the lip of the can is a super pungent orange wild thing. No pour, except my mouth, so I can not comment on the color. Taste is awesome orange saison with a nice sweetness. This is a great beer I’d love to get more of. jeremugohio (94) - springboro, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Very good aroma. Excellent citra hops. Better at the brewery, but still good out of the can. hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2013
16oz can. Poured a lightly hazy golden color with an averaged sized head. Aromas of yeast, citrus, and spices. Tastes of citrus, orange zest, and some fruitiness. Alcohol content hidden. wchesser (2122) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Deep orange. Nose is initially fairly standard saison aromas but becomes odd vinyl, nail polishy. Taste is decent saison with some orange citrus. Black pepper very subtle but lost under alcohol.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
My very first Saison -- $4.29 16oz can bought and poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint ... no canning date.
Appearance: A very hazy yellow-orange color, with a tiny head that bubbles away quickly. Pretty significant, noticeable alcohol legs. The carbonation is insane on this one (I’m not sure if that’s normally how Saisons are), as it sounds like pop being poured into a glass. Extremely active carbonation at the bottom of the glass. Once I got the whole can into the glass, the carbonation went down a little bit, and the appearance changed.
Smell: I definitely get the yeast in the aroma with some sort of citrus (probably the orange). The funk from the yeast is definitely the most obvious though.
Taste/feel: Being my first Saison, I didn’t know what to expect. At first when I poured the beer, it had a SLIGHT haze with very high carbonation. Once I poured the bottom of the can into my glass, it changed quite a bit -- the carbonation mellowed out a touch, the beer got a lot hazier, and the taste changed just a tick. The sourness comes throughout the entire sip, which I guess is supposed to happen with Saisons -- along with that, there’s a LOT of the orange flavor that’s mentioned on the label. As far as peppercorns, it’s there SLIGHTLY on the finish, and in the fact that Zaison should maybe make your throat burn a bit on the swallow... well, that, and the alcohol. I really find that this almost drinks like some sort of energy drink with its pretty dominant sour orange flavor and high carbonation. It’s interesting as hell.
Zaison is strangely compelling. From what I read about Saisons, this is what I expected. I don’t know if they all drink just like this one, but this one truly tastes like it could be an energy drink, even with the slight boozy flavor. While I’m not too sure I’d pick this up for the price of $4.29 a pint can, I definitely do quite enjoy it -- it’s definitely unlike any beer I’ve had before, but that’s more than likely just because it’s a Saison. If I’m looking for a beer that’s a little bit different, this one would be on my radar. Solid beer, even though a pint can might just be a tad too much. charule (2286) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Midwest Brewers Fest. Poured orange yellow with white head. Slight farm aroma. Quite smooth with light hop taste. BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Nice. Slightly sour. Had this at their tap room with Raith. Not sure it was supposed to be sour. But it was nice overall. jrob21 (3774) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Oh, that extra little bitterness is the imperial part of this drink. Adds a bit of complexity and uniqueness although not sure if adds value. Pours a dark yellow with an effervescent white head. A little wild and funky yeast aroma. Lemon, light citrus flavors. Hint of pepper on the finish. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Sampler flight on tap at the brewery (Grand Rapids, MI). Pours a nice well hazed golden hue, dulled body with some gentle glow. Darker, a gentle frothy offwhite head atop dies to a mellow small ring, laces small. Aromas show gentle spice, a touch of pepper, gentle sweetness is dough, gentle fruit, and a mellow gentle earthy hop element, touches of apple, dough, and bread. Initial is a touch tart, a bit of apple, some gentle pear, bread and dough. Firm tartness into the middle, a touch sharp, mellow lemon, sour apple. Middle is gentle bread, dough, a thinner beer especially at 9 ABV. Some florals, grass, gentle yeastiness and sun tan lotion. Firm tartness. A touch bready, straw, gentle sweeter fruit and dough element. A bit chalky, dry, and weird as we finish. A bit tart, fresh grass and dry straw. Weird cereal feel, touch of yeastiness. Odd finish for me. A lot of promise with the tart fruit element finishes on an off note for me. Not a true saison for me, prefer a smaller ABV and more dry, session worthy beer. As it is, this is more interesting than a lot of American interpretations but overall loses me in the finish. Ok.